Gas-Containing Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Abstract

The finding of gas into the intervertebral disc space (“vacuum phenomenon”) is relatively common, whereas gas-containing cervical or mumbar disc hemiations are rarely observed. A case of a patient with bilateral leg pain, provoked by a computed tomography scan and surgically documented L4-L5 gas-containing disc herniation is reported and the cases previously described in detail are reviewed, to difine the pathophysiologic and diagnostic aspects of this rare phenomenon associated with a herniated disc fragment.

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